LIVERMORE -- A motorist who was killed when he swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 580 Thursday morning has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's office.
David Guidicatti, 32, of Tracy was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A 40-year-old woman who was sitting in the back seat was also ejected from the vehicle and flown to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with life-threatening injuries. Neither appeared to be wearing a seat belt, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel.
A 30-year-old man sitting in the front passenger seat did appear to be wearing a seat belt but still suffered moderate injuries, Creel said.
Both of the injured passengers live in Tracy, Creel said. Their names were not released.
The wreck happened at 8:15 a.m. on west I-580 just past the Airway Boulevard exit when Guidicatti's swerved his black Land Rover SUV to avoid hitting a car that was stopped in a line of traffic. The SUV flipped several times before coming to rest on its wheels, Creel said.
The morning commute was in full swing when the wreck occurred. Witnesses told police that traffic would stop and then speed to 35 mph, Creel said.
Creel said that it appears that after speeding up, the Land Rover came upon a line of cars stopped in front of him. The vehicle likely was traveling about 35 mph when the wreck occurred, Creel said.
"It's a perfect example of why it's so important to use the equipment available to you, such as seat belts, to make sure you remain in the vehicle," Creel said. "The vehicles today are designed to make that the safest place you can be in an accident."
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